Dr. John T. Harrington Endowed Fund

The Dr. John T. Harrington Endowed Fund was created in 2006. It was established by charitable gifts to Tufts Medical Center in honor of Dr. Harrington’s 70th birthday. Through his outstanding career, Dr. Harrington, Dean Emeritus at TUSM, played a vital role in Tufts Medical Center’s Division of Nephrology. Widely known as a gifted nephrologist who brought long-term hope to seriously-ill patients, his contributions to the field of Nephrology are many. In the early 1970s, Dr. Harrington developed the hemodialysis, peritoneal dialysis and kidney transplant programs. Another of his most notable contributions to medical education and nephrology was his leadership of the “Nephrology Forum” in Kidney International, the official journal of the International Society of Nephrology. The Forum served as an invaluable resource of information and perspective for nephrologists around the globe for over 25 years.
The Dr. John T. Harrington Endowed Fund supports a mission that Dr. Harrington held near and dear – the continuous medical education of physicians, both young and more senior, on the delivery of the highest-quality care possible to patients suffering from kidney disease. Each year, the Harrington Fund supports a Visiting Professor in the Division of Nephrology to participate in the evaluation of the Division’s research training program and to speak at Grand Rounds in the Department of Medicine. In addition, the Harrington Fund can support other educational programs and initiatives within the Division, include innovative research projects that require seed funding and special patient care projects.


We are very grateful for the following Founding Gifts for the Dr. John T. Harrington Endowed Fund:

Individual Donors
Mr. Thomas F. and Mrs. Mary J. Shields
Mr. and Mrs. John P. Brogan
Drs. Nicolaos and Ourania Madias
Dr. and Mrs. Howard B. Garfinkel
Dr. and Mrs. James A. Strom

Corporate/Institutional Donors
Dialysis Clinic, Inc.
Tufts University School of Medicine
Merck & Co., Inc

1st Annual John T. Harrington Grand Rounds—2007
Nicolaos E. Madias, MD, Visiting Professor
St. Elizabeth’s Medical Center
Shared Primacy of Sodium and Potassium in the Pathogenesis of Hypertension

2nd Annual John T. Harrington Grand Rounds—2008
Sharon Moe, MD, Visiting Professor
University of Indiana
Chronic Kidney Disease: Looking for Bone in All the Wrong Places

3rd Annual John T. Harrington Grand Rounds—2009
Eberhard Ritz, MD, Visiting Professor
Department of Internal Medicine Ruperto Carola University of Heidelberg, Germany
The World Kidney Day: The Kidney and Hypertension

4th Annual John T. Harrington Grand Rounds—2010
Bertram Kasiske, MD, Visiting Professor
Professor of Medicine. Head of Transplant Nephrology at the University of Minnesota, Director of the Renal Division at Hennepin County Medical Center
Guidelines for the Management of Kidney Transplant Patients

5th Annual John T. Harrington Grand Rounds—2011
Jonathan Himmelfarb, MD, Visiting Professor
Professor of Medicine, Joseph W. Eschbach Endowed Chair for Kidney Research from the University of Washington Division of Nephrology, Seattle WA
Kidney Disease as a Public Health Problem: Problems, Progress, and Prospects

6th Annual John T. Harrington Grand Rounds—2012
Adeera Levin, MD Visiting Professor
Staff nephrologist at St. Paul’s Hospital
Professor at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver, British Columbia.  Global Burden of CKD: Challenges and Opportunities.

7th Annual John T. Harrington Grand Rounds—2013
Josef Coresh, MD, PhD Visiting Professor
G.W. Comstock Professor of Epidemiology, Biostatistics & Medicine
Director, George W. Comstock Center for Public Health Research and Prevention and the Cardiovascular Epidemiology Training Program
Johns Hopkins University Baltimore MD
Chronic Kidney Disease — A Challenge for All Ages

8th Annual John T. Harrington Grand Rounds—2014
Kai-Uwe Eckardt, MD, Visiting Professor
Professor of Medicine and Head of the Department of Nephrology and Hypertension
University of Erlangen-Nuremberg, Germany
Getting a Handle on CKD–an Observational Approach
9th Annual John T. Harrington Grand Rounds—2015

Joachim Ix, MD, MAS, FASN, Visiting Professor
Chief of Nephrology and Professor of Medicine 
University of San Diego, California
Calcium and Phosphate in Chronic Kidney Disease: Insights into their Associations with Cardiovascular Disease
10th Annual John T. Harrington Grand Rounds—2016

John Gill, MD, MS, Visiting Professor
Professor with Tenure
Department of Medicine, Division of Nephrology 
Research Scientist Center for Health and Evaluation and Outcome Science University of British Columbia
Vancouver, BC Canada
Living Kidney Donation
11th Annual John T. Harrington Grand Rounds—2017
Ebony Boulware, MD, MMPH, Visiting Professor
Chief, Division of General Internal Medicine
Director, Duke Clinical and Translational Science Award
Vice Dean for Translational Sciences
In Search of a Magic Bullet: How Do We Get Patients the Treatments They Want? 
12th Annual John T. Harrington Grand Rounds—2018
Katherine R. Tuttle, MD, FASN, FACP, Visiting Professor
Executive Director of Providence Medical Research Center, Providence Sacred Heart Medical Center 
Clinical Professor of Medicine in the Nephrology Division at the University of Washington School of Medicine
Spokane, Washington 
Diabetic Kidney Disease—New Targets for Treatment.

13th Annual John T. Harrington Grand Rounds—2019
Holly J. (Mattix) Kramer, MD, MPH, Visiting Professor
Associate Professor of Medicine
Loyola University Medical Center Department of Public Health Services
Chronic Kidney Disease: How Primary Providers Impact Care

14th Annual John T. Harrington Grand Rounds—2020
Orlando M. Gutierrez, MD, MMSc, Visiting Professor
Hilda B. Anderson Endowed Chair in Nephrology Professor and head of the Section of Epidemiology and Outcomes Research
Division of Nephrology, University of Alabama at Birmingham
Moving from Management to Prevention of Heart Disease in CKD: The FGF-23 Story

15th Annual John T. Harrington Grand Rounds—2021
Deidra C. Cruz, MD, ScM, Visiting Professor
Professor of Medicine, Division of Nephrology
Associate Vice Chair for Diversity and Inclusion, Department of Medicine
John Hopkins University
The Pursuit of Structurally Competent Care to Achieve Kidney Health Equity


Stay tuned for the 2022 World Kidney Day/John T. Harrington MD Grand Rounds speaker announcement.